Trump Falsely Claims Nearly 3000 Americans in Puerto Rico 'did not die'

Trump Falsely Claims Nearly 3000 Americans in Puerto Rico 'did not die'

Despite significant evidence showing almost 3,000 people were killed in the devastating storm past year, Trump tweeted that the official death toll was a political scheme, two days after he was sharply criticised for saying the government had an "unsung success" in its response to Maria.

Hurricane Maria hit on September 20, 2017, and is estimated to have caused $100 billion in damage. As time went by it did not go up by much. He has no solidarity, no sympathy, no empathy for anything that does not make him look good.

The researchers pointed to several problems in the death-certification process that contributed to the island government's initial undercounting of fatalities. He also said he was waiting for Trump to respond to a petition to help Puerto Rico complete work on emergency housing restoration programs and debris removal. "Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" he wrote. Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia as early as Thursday night with the potential for strong winds, a massive storm surge, and heavy rain. Presumably, few Puerto Rico residents, many of whom were without electricity or even water for months, were contacted during that poll.

"They say it's about as big as they have seen coming to this country, and certainly to the East Coast as they've ever seen", Trump said.

In the images, the packaged cases of bottles line one end of a long runway - a lot of them covered by blue tarp.

But that isn't how anyone measures a hurricane's death toll (including Donald Trump, who, during his visit to Puerto Rico, cited a death toll from Katrina that included those killed by the conditions that storm left in its wake). "I think Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success".

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló shot back in a statement that "the historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican" and "certainly not a successful relationship".

It sounds like, from the language used, that Trump believes fewer than 100 people died in Hurricane Maria.

While boasting that his administration has received "A-pluses" for its handling of hurricanes that hit Florida and Texas previous year, Trump also sought to explain why Puerto Rico was different.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a frequent critic of Trump, was appalled by his latest message.

"But the President continues to refuse to acknowledge his responsibility, and the problem is that if he didn't acknowledge it in Puerto Rico, God bless the people of SC and the people of North Carolina", Cruz said.

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